Redwood 6 Drive-In

3688 S. Redwood Road,
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

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Redwood 6 Drive-In

The Redwood Drive-In opened as a single screen on July 22, 1949 with Lon McCallister in “The Big Cat”. By 1990 it was expanded to a six screen theatre. Playing double featured, first-run, it is a well-run drive-in facility for max enjoyment of a nearly lost part of our culture. There’s always family fare and other things for the kids to do.

Contributed by G Hamilton Hill

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 1, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Here is a March 1974 ad from the Salt Lake Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/dlu47c

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 10, 2014 at 12:16 am

The Redwood Drive-In opened in 198 as a single screen. Additional screens were added in 1977, 1978 and 1983. Teh Redwood is now all digital. Their website

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on April 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm

The 1959 IMPA shows the Redwood in Granger UT. Google Maps now shows Granger as a neighborhood in West Valley City.

The 1982-89 IMPAs list the Redwood as a twin, and this time in Murray UT. The Redwood is at least a mile northwest of Murray, so maybe that was its post office address?

It’s down to four active screens now. I could have sworn that it was at five screens for at least a year or two, and the aerial photos show all six still standing, so what’s up with that?

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on April 29, 2017 at 10:32 pm

A blog post with photos purportedly from 1979 shows four screens, apparently proving the IMPAs were behind the times again.

https://slcoarchives.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/redwood-drive-in-theatre/

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on April 29, 2017 at 10:41 pm

Okay, one more note. A Deseret News article from 1990(!) that is somehow still online provides a possible explanation for the sporadic screen addition. “The (DeAnza) company formerly owned as many as four drive-ins throughout the valley. As they were forced to close those locations due to economic concerns, they recycled the equipment and expanded the Redwood location.”

The screen count was already up to six in 1990. The article separately laments, “Some estimate there are only 1,500 outdoor movie screens left in the country.” Those were the days!

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/92035/DRIVE-IN-THEATER-STILL-FLOURISHES-ON-REDWOOD-ROAD—-ALL-YEAR-ROUND.html?pg=all

StanMalone
StanMalone on April 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm

As far as the question of four or six screens goes, they did the same thing with their Starlight Drive In here in Atlanta. The cost of converting to digital is so high, to say nothing of the ongoing maintenance costs that they probably decided that four was enough. I can recall several times when all six fields were full but that was often because the cars from one blockbuster spilled over into the adjacent field. I imagine that their research showed that the cost of those other two projectors would not be returned.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 25, 2018 at 8:05 am

1820 cars. Also known as Redwood 6 Drive-in. Also has a swap meet.

KenLayton
KenLayton on October 25, 2018 at 11:17 am

They sure managed to do a pretty good job of laying out the field for maximum amount of screens.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 25, 2018 at 3:21 pm

I’m sure people still complain that their kids can see adult content on the neighboring screens.

StanMalone
StanMalone on October 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Scott: That is a reasonable assumption. However, at DeAnza’s Starlight DI in Atlanta, you could sit on any field and see at least three screens, and from the #6 field you could see four. Never heard a single complaint about that. It was not unusual in fact, to see adults and children watching different movies from the same car with one movie playing on the car sound and the other on a boom box with headphones.

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